New Troll Bridge
Our son Will is building a tractor road from our central driveway out across the north home field to the north field. This will allow us to setup a better wintering space for the north herd boar, Spitz, and his ladies. This road will also let us easily deliver hay during the marginal seasons as well as fencing rolls and apple trees to the north field – an upcoming project.
When not a truck or tractor path the road will be used by the north herd to come in from their distant pastures to the whey trough which is near the driveway. Just uphill is the shoat and small grower paddocks. These pigs graduate from the ten weaner paddocks and then after they finish their rotation through the north home field they move on to the larger herds in the north, upper and south herds. Being a central point in the hubs this area is also where we sort north herd pigs for the weekly trip to butcher so it is a convient gathering spot for counting, measuring and inspecting pigs.
In the spring snow melt the north home field dumps water down through this area so Will built a stone culvert. The melt water can flow under the road rather than digging and softening the road. From there it goes through a culvert into our east field. Controlling water flows, especially in the spring, is important.
To keep the bridge strong the sides of the culvert are large stones and the bridge is capped with large slabs of granite supported by thick granite beams making it strong enough to support big trucks for deliveries of hay, wood chips, stone and such.
While the culvert is carefully shaped so it is more open on the lower side to make it as self-cleaning as possible it may need cleaning out of brush and dirt that settles underneath, managing the mosses and lichens, planting flowers, taking tolls and other routine maintenance. What this means is there will soon be a position opening up here for a well mannered Troll – Room and board included, such as it is.
Outdoors: 74°F/48°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/62°F
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